Raise a Glass of This Dry White Wine as Temps Rise

Raise a Glass of This Dry White Wine as Temps Rise

A bracing white from the Argentine desert

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An unlikely place to grow grapes, the Calchaqui Valley in Argentina is located in a rocky, desert-like region of the Andes Mountains. At 5,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level, these irrigated vineyards are actually close to the equator; yet the warm days and very cool nights produce grapes of remarkably intense flavor. Today’s wine, a combination of Torrontés (a bit like the Albariño grape) and Riesling, makes a bracing white that will entice you.

2016 Amalaya Blanco, Salta, Argentina $12 srp

Bright, light golden color. A salty, sharp lemon rind nose plus expansive tropical fruit sensations. This is mouthwateringly inviting. Flavors knife through your taste buds with a grapefruit, lemony tang. Mouth-puckering freshness for a hot summer day, try with Ceviche, a cold shrimp salad or to cool down after cutting the grass. (Why should beer have all the fun?) Dry and distinctive, made from 85% Torrontés and 15% Riesling, drink it now-2018.

89/100 points (Great value)

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.